Girls for rent.
Nowadays, single men pressed by their families to bring their girlfriends home prefer to rent total strangers, to appease their relatives and take a break from social pressure regarding their status. Single men have it tough in China, a country where most parents’ first priority is to see their children settled down with the right person. In recent years, Chinese single men have been looking for temporary solutions, and this led to the creation of a new niche, called girlfriend rentals.
They go online, access Taobao, an online shopping website similar to eBay and Amazon, and choose between the different girls offering this unusual service. To meet the requests of their customers, online sellers post pictures of themselves and, after confirmation, they usually see clients and go over the details that will make them look like a real couple in front of their families.
Girlfriend rentals costs between $31 to $160, depending on services offered. Some girls provide special services, like buying groceries, cooking and keeping old relatives company. Two things none of the online sellers usually agree to are making love and kissing.
Girlfriend for hire.
Girlfriend renting services are relatively new in China and they are rapidly gaining popularity. While in some people minds girlfriend rentals creates a chance of finding a person to fall in love with, sociologist warn against such practices that could pose safety issues.
A similar phenomenon is getting a foothold in France, where the girlfriend-renting concept has been implemented in the form of a website that allows clients to rent a female partner, for a fee. French site Loueunepetiteamie.com allows male visitors to legally rent a female companion, for an hour, a night or even a weekend. This isn’t actually considered as prostitution. Men can rent a female friend for anywhere between €20 and €540.